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Graduation Intelligent Manufacturing System (GiMS): an Industry 4.0 paradigm for production and operations management

Daqiang Guo (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China) (Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China)
Mingxing Li (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China)
Ray Zhong (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China)
G.Q. Huang (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 15 October 2020

Issue publication date: 4 February 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop an intelligent manufacturing system for transforming production management and operations to an Industry 4.0 manufacturing paradigm.

Design/methodology/approach

A manufacturing mode-Graduation Manufacturing System is designed for organizing and controlling production operations. An Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digital twin-enabled Graduation Intelligent Manufacturing System (GiMS) with real-time task allocation and execution mechanisms is proposed to achieve real-time information sharing and production planning, scheduling, execution and control with reduced complexity and uncertainty.

Findings

The implementation of GiMS in an industrial company illustrates the potential advantages for real-time production planning, scheduling, execution and control with reduced complexity and uncertainty. For production managers and onsite operators, effective tools, such as cloud services integrates effective production and operations management strategies are needed to facilitate their decision-making and daily operations at the operational level.

Originality/value

This paper presents an Industry 4.0 paradigm-GiMS, which aims to explore Industry 4.0 technologies opportunities on operations and production management, especially on production planning, scheduling, execution and control.

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Acknowledgements

Acknowledgement to Zhejiang Provincial, Hangzhou Municipal, Lin’an City Governments, Hong Kong ITF Innovation and Technology Support Program (ITP/079/16LP) and financial support from the 2019 Guangdong Special Support Talent Program-Innovation and Entrepreneurship Leading Team (China) (2019BT02S593).

Citation

Guo, D., Li, M., Zhong, R. and Huang, G.Q. (2021), "Graduation Intelligent Manufacturing System (GiMS): an Industry 4.0 paradigm for production and operations management", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 121 No. 1, pp. 86-98. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMDS-08-2020-0489

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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